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You don’t need a title to lead.
Before running for mayor of Augusta, Georgia, Deke Copenhaver was an unofficial leader of social change and politics within his community. In The Changemaker: The Art of Building Better Leaders, Deke shares how all of us can be true and authentic leaders.
Leadership is never easy. Almost all leaders deal with both triumph and tragedy, oftentimes in equal measure. The fact of the matter is that leadership insists on a constant rejection of the status quo. True leaders demand continuous reflection and improvement of those around them, and even more importantly, of themselves. True leaders are Changemakers.
In Deke’s book, you will learn to become unafraid of doing something different in the service of a good cause and how to spark a movement that others can’t help but rally around. Deke’s Seven Attributes of Changemakers reveal how anyone can become a transformative leader
After a lengthy review of his personal experiences as a man growing into leadership, Deke offers the gist of this book – ‘The fact is, true leadership insists on a constant rejection of the status quo. True leaders demand continuous reflection and improvement of those around them, and even more importantly, of themselves. True leaders are Changemakers. So what is a Changemaker? It’s somebody who’s not afraid to do something different in the service of a good cause. Someone who can spark a movement that others can’t help but rally round. Changemakers are not perfect; they’re not saints. They’re just people like you and me who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.’
Deke encourages us to ‘take a deep-dive’ into his seven attributes of Changemakers – Creativity, Courage, Connecting, Listening, Transparency, Composure, and Character – and in his discussion of each of these attributes it becomes clear that his process is achievable. ‘Changemakers want to see a change in the world. They work to inspire others to want to rally around their vision, around the common purpose and a higher cause, to really impact positive change for generations to come, and to build better leaders.’
This is not only a fine guidebook to improve our own abilities, but it is also a solid survey of what we need in all forms of leadership – from President on down! Grady Harp, October 19